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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Back to (Quiet) Normal -- After a Memory-Making Week

As you may have noticed by my posts today, all our grandchildren have gone home and we are back to our (too) quiet normal. We waved off our Pittsburgh family early this afternoon. This evening I wanted to post the photos of our princess (and little prince) tea party. If you'd like to see them visit Camp Kreitzer. 

Family times are sacred times. We pray together and play together, and, as parents and grandparents, we create memories. Hopefully they are happy ones. When I read about children who are abused and neglected I want even more to embrace my grandchildren and create for them and for my children and their spouses joyful times with family.

We moved around so much when I was a child and our relatives lived so far away that I had almost no relationship with any of my cousins or my grandparents. I don't want that to be the case for our grandchildren. And so, when they visit Camp Kreitzer, we consider it memory-making time. I think this summer we will buy some extra bee veils so the next time our grandchildren visit we can give them the memory of "playing" with the bees.

And speaking of memories, our oldest (We call her "Julie" after the Love Boat activity director because she always thinks of great activities during family gatherings.) on Easter separated us all into groups (adults and children mixed) and we had to come up with questions to ask our partners and then report back. Some shared what they like best about Camp Kreitzer, some asked what super power you'd choose if you could. The questions and answers were serious, funny, and imaginative and we all learned a little more about each other. It was great fun! Thanks, Alice.

And after we were done we all said night prayers together with everyone articulating what they were thankful for. I am certainly thankful for our five children, their spouses and our 23 grandchildren living and the six little angels in heaven. God has certainly richly fulfilled the blessing of the marriage covenant that we might see our children and our children's children. Thank you, Lord.

What memories are you making with your children or grandchildren this week?

RIP, Gilbert Blythe... real life - actor Jonathan Crombie. Only 48, he died April 15th of a brain hemorrhage. Anne of Green Gables fans will miss him, me included. Anne and the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice are my favorite films ever.

So many of the actors who made Anne so memorable are gone: Colleen Dewhurst so perfectly cast as the somewhat crusty Marilla Cuthbert; Richard Farnsworth as her brother Matthew, shy and sweet and absolutely smitten with a talkative little girl; Charmiion King as the rich and bossy Aunt Josephine. Ah...what joy these creative souls continue to bring to those who love Anne and her life on Prince Edward Island.

It's Enough to Make You Despair of the Intelligence of College Students

Really? You'd vote for Hillary just because she's a woman? How about Minnie Mouse for Pres? But, let's face it, college these days isn't about encouraging rational thinking. It's all about the focus on feelings. Rational thinking and decisions making is almost a lost art. Sad...the mind is a beautiful thing to waste. And this video show a lot of wasted minds reflecting the mindless wasteland of college campuses these days.

March for Marriage Next Weekend - Saturday, April 25th, 11:30 AM

Participants will gather on the mall side of the Capitol at 11:30 with by a rally and speakers beginning at noon. The March to the Supreme Court starts at 1:00 p.m. If you can't be there physically, be sure to be there spiritually. A twenty decade rosary in honor of the Holy Family can certainly magnify the success of the March. And please sign the petition here.

Every successful society has been build on the nuclear family. When the family collapses, so does the culture. Look at Rome in its later years filled with sexual corruption, prostitution, child killing, and family dissolution and you'll have a microcosm of the U.S. today.

If you love your children and grandchildren, you will fight for the family. Moms and dads matter despite the lie of the same sex establishment that they don't. No man can take the place of a mother; no woman can take the place of a father. Love your spouse and resist the siren call that you'll find paradise in the next relationship or the one after that. Read 1 Corinthians 13; in fact, memorize it. If you practice that kind of love, and you can be sure of being blessed no matter how difficult the struggle. O Lord, help me to imitate Your love for me, especially in my marriage relationship. Amen.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Faux Man May Be First "Trans-Man" on Cover of "Men's" Health

Check her DNA. She's not really a man biologically. She's a woman who mutilated her body by having her breasts cut off and pumped what was left with male hormones to produce body hair and a more muscular build. She's in a lesbian relationship with her "wife" and is likely to be the icon for "men's" health. (See article and photos here. Note that regardless of all the hormones Dowling still has a woman's hip structure. You can't fool mother nature.)

When the "ultimate man" is a woman, you have to wonder how much nuttier the culture can get.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Putting First Things First

I like to blog in defense of the faith and western culture, but it isn't a major priority in my life. That belongs to God and my family. I'll probably be blogging intermittently and shortly the next few days because we have four little granddaughters visiting at present and, when their parents return on Friday, they will bring four cousins who are staying through the weekend while their mom and dad travel to Massachusetts so mom can run in the Boston marathon.

To be honest I am never happier than when I'm surrounded by family and I always try to make things fun. So we are planning a princess tea party this week and today we made pine cone fairies as favors for the six little princesses who will participate. You can check out the fairies at Camp Kreitzer. But here's a preview. I call these the fairies with the crazy wings. We used some foam sea creatures to make coral and crab wings and a crab crown. The green "hands" started life as frog legs. But if you could see this fairy up close she looks like she has her hands on her hips, so she's the fairy with attitude.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Abortionists are cavalier about murdering babies and just as cavalier about killing their moms!

This video saved a baby in Little Rock. When the child's mom saw this video, she cancelled her appointment. Women who abort are taking their lives in their hands. Abortionists are the bottom feeders of the medical industry. Many are circuit riders who travel around the country and abort at multiple facilities with no hospital privileges in case of complications. And the reality is that many women feel coerced into abortion. I've seen some of those women when I sidewalk counseled. Guys dragged women along the sidewalk blocking their little sex toys from hearing anything that might influence them to choose life. I wonder if this latest victim felt she had no choice because everyone in her life was pushing her into abortion. If she died from the abortion which seems likely from the fact a mill worker said, "She would have died anyway," she never has to worry about being coerced into anything again.

Fr. Tom's Comment on a Hillary Presidency: Get Ready for a Laugh!

We apparently need a woman in her twilight years with a degraded sense of reality and accountability to guide America through her own twilight years, as the Democratic leadership continues to promote the decline of our nation's stamina through the degradation of an increasingly crippling debt, the blindness of amoral gratification, and the paralysis engendered by the festering resentments of political correctness.


Prayer Intention for the Kolbe Center -- Please Join

I received this email today and urge you to join in praying for this event. I recently attended a Kolbe one-day conference and it was outstanding. All the Fathers of the Church believed in fiat creation, not evolution. Why so many in the Church have jumped on the evolutionary bandwagon is beyond me. It flies in the face of not only science (where are the "missing links" in the fossil record?) but it seems to me to fly in the face of metaphysical realities. Would God who sent his Son into the womb of a human mother really make the first humans the children of apes? 

Dear Friends of the Kolbe Center,

Christ is risen!

Tonight, April 13, at 8 p.m. EST, Dr. Thomas Seiler and I will be involved in an internet debate with two atheists in a forum that gets almost 200,000 views.

Please pray that Our Lord will give us the right words to say that will open the hearts and minds of our debate partners and our mostly atheist audience to the Truth and Charity of God.

Yours in Christ through the Immaculata,  

Hugh Owen 

Unintended Consequences: Shift in Morbidity from Chicken Pox to Shingles....

...which has a much higher morbidity rate. Here's a fascinating article on chickenpox in the U.S. where vaccination is widespread vs. the U.K. where it's considered a normal childhood disease and vaccination is not recommended. There is a mounting body of evidence that the shingles epidemic is the unintended consequence of the chicken pox vaccine. When children got the chicken pox they exposed family and friends who already had chicken pox to a booster effect. So shingles was rarely seen even in the elderly if they had regular contact with children. Now shingles is being seen even in children which was unheard of before the vaccine.

But it's all a boon to big pharma: millions for the chicken pox vaccine and now a vaccine for shingles to deal with the unintended consequences of the chicken pox vaccine.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Love, love, and once again, love" God!

Pray today that God's divine mercy will fall on this vale of tears.

"God has given me to understand that there is but one thing that is of infinite value in His eyes, and that is love of God; love, love and once again, love; and nothing can compare with a single act of pure love of God. Oh, with what inconceivable favors God gifts a soul that loves Him sincerely! Oh, how happy is the soul who already here on earth enjoys His special favors! And of such are the little and humble souls."                                      
                                                                   Sr. Faustina's Diary #778

What will you do today for love of God?

(Note: This is the original image of Divine Mercy painted by E. Kazimierowski in Vilnius in 1934. I prefer it to the more modern image because it has more of the look of an icon and Jesus is more masculine in appearance.)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SB 277: California Eliminates All Parent Rights Relating to Vaccines

Read the bill here.

There are many questions about vaccine safety. Some of the current vaccines are more dangerous than the disease they are supposed to prevent. (Do the research on Gardisil.) Live vaccines can actually spread the disease after inoculation making children carriers.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sometimes a Commotion Gets Attention and the Good Guys (or Gals) Win!

School reinstates Patricia Jannuzzi

I love what Professor Robert George had to say:
Princeton Professor Robert George, who had raised the alarm about Jannuzzi’s suspension, thanked the school in a comment on his Facebook page. 
“Sometimes---not often enough, but sometimes---justice is done and things come out right,” he said. “This was one of those times. I am grateful to Immaculata High School and Bishop Paul Bootkoski for doing the right thing. I suspect that Susan Sarandon and the ‘Real Housewives’ guy are feeling a bit less friendly towards them, which, to me, is something to be proud of."
Say a prayer of thanksgiving that this wonderful teacher will be back in the classroom where she belongs.

New Evangelization or New Capitulation?

By Fr. Tom Collins

As the Church seeks to embrace the call to a new evangelization, we must ask ourselves whether it is possible to really evangelize the world by capitulating to, and thereby validating, the defective and perverted premises of secular society. In Ephesians 6:12, St. Paul points out the danger of worldly powers which seek to turn the faithful from the authentic truth of the Gospel by offering false ideals, which would seduce them into accepting immoral practices for the sake of fulfilling the demands of what we would call today A New World Order. Thus, no matter how sincere and well planned are the efforts we make to evangelize the world, if those efforts are based on defective or perverted premises proposed by “the worldly rulers of this present darkness,” this whole outreach ministry will bear little lasting fruit. Since its efficacy would be determined on the basis of its ability to engender the excitement of hubris, rather than the humble docility which is essential for authentic conversion, it may manipulate people to conform to an idealistic secular agenda, but will be unable to draw them into the transformative grace of God offered by humility and docility of true Christian discipleship. It is important, then, for us to critically examine some of the defective premises, which have been subtly insinuated into our thinking and which threaten to abort our efforts to evangelize our modern world.